Veld Types of South Africa

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In the foreword to the second edition we mentioned that the work of revising and augmenting the text for a third edition was continuing and that it should be completed within a few years. The untimely death of John Acock in 1979 brought this work to an abrupt end. In the meantime the demand for Acocks's classic work has, if anything, increased and supplies of the second edition ran out even quicker than those of the first. The question now arose whether attempts should be made to revise the work in the light of recent findings or whether the text and the maps should again be reprinted in their original form. It has become obvious that a work of this nature, bearing such a strong individual stamp, does not lend itself easily to modification by others without a total re-evaluation. Moreover, the need today is for more de- tailed ecological work — not a revision of what Acocks has, in his own inimitable way, presented to us. The deci- sion was therefore made to reprint both text and maps without major changes. The entire text was, however, reset at our Institute. Plant names and a few terms were updated and minor adjustments and corrections made in text and layout. Very minor printing errors on the wall map were corrected by the Surveyor General's Office. Thanks to the efforts of our Vegetation Ecology Division many of the photos used in the second edition have been replaced by others of higher quality or of greater relevance. The Index was completely reworked in order to bring plant names up to date and to identify as many as possible of the species which were previously indicated merely by a genus name accom- panied by an Acocks collection number. The future will tell whether John Acocks's concepts will be gradually replaced by other concepts and whether the Veld Types will be retained and treasured as a monument to one of South Africa's great independent thinkers in the field of vegetation ecology.

In the foreword to the second edition we mentioned that the work of revising and augmenting the text for a third edition was continuing and that it should be completed within a few years. The untimely death of John Acock in 1979 brought this work to an abrupt end. In the meantime the demand for Acocks's classic work has, if anything, increased and supplies of the second edition ran out even quicker than those of the first. The question now arose whether attempts should be made to revise the work in the light of recent findings or whether the text and the maps should again be reprinted in their original form. It has become obvious that a work of this nature, bearing such a strong individual stamp, does not lend itself easily to modification by others without a total re-evaluation. Moreover, the need today is for more de- tailed ecological work — not a revision of what Acocks has, in his own inimitable way, presented to us. The deci- sion was therefore made to reprint both text and maps without major changes. The entire text was, however, reset at our Institute. Plant names and a few terms were updated and minor adjustments and corrections made in text and layout. Very minor printing errors on the wall map were corrected by the Surveyor General's Office. Thanks to the efforts of our Vegetation Ecology Division many of the photos used in the second edition have been replaced by others of higher quality or of greater relevance. The Index was completely reworked in order to bring plant names up to date and to identify as many as possible of the species which were previously indicated merely by a genus name accom- panied by an Acocks collection number. The future will tell whether John Acocks's concepts will be gradually replaced by other concepts and whether the Veld Types will be retained and treasured as a monument to one of South Africa's great independent thinkers in the field of vegetation ecology.

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AuthorJ. P. H. Acocks
PublisherBotanical Research Institute
PlacePretoria
Year1988
ISBN0621113948
BindingPaperback
ConditionGood
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